CPA Delhi Branch will witness forty-three future Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth as they participate in the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in India 

Over 40 Commonwealth youth delegates aged 18 to 29 years old are attending the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament (#CYP10) hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the Delhi Legislative Assembly in Delhi, India from today. 

The 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament will present a parliamentary microcosm that will give all participants a glimpse into the procedures and  mechanisms of Parliament as an institution. This pan-Commonwealth event engenders an environment for youth Parliamentarians to develop their skills of debate and their interpersonal intelligence. The #CYP10 furnishes Commonwealth youth, who fervently long to assume a position in public office with a prime educational opportunity and is designed to introduce them to a professional sphere they potentially may occupy in the future. The #CYP10 also provides young people with an opportunity to experience one of the crucial branches of government which bolsters the democratic process and practices good governance.

The opening ceremony will see welcome addresses by Shri Ram Niwas Goel, the Speaker of the Delhi Assembly; Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi; Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon; and the chief guest: Shri Om Birla, Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Parliament of India.

The CPA Chairperson said: “I am delighted that we are able to hold the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament at the Delhi Legislative Assembly in Delhi, India, together with the CPA Delhi Branch and the CPA India Regional Secretariat. India has long recognised the importance of young people to the future of society. The decision to host the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament shows not only a commitment to empower its own young people, but also a wider commitment to the development of Commonwealth youth beyond its own shores. As an Association primarily for Parliamentarians, we recognise that young people have a proven capability to lead change and are a vital and valuable investment for now and the future.”

Hon. Ram Niwas Goel, MLA, Speaker of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, said: “To welcome and host such an enormous cavalcade of young people representing many nations from across the Commonwealth is a terrific honour. We will take this fantastic opportunity to aid the development of their leadership abilities, allow them to experience the inner workings of our democracy, as well as instilling an unwavering verve in them to affect positive change in their respective communities, with an enthusiastic approach throughout the course of the programme.” 

Follow #CYP10 on Twitter to follow events and to join the debate @CPA_Secretariat. 

The Commonwealth Youth Parliament (CYP) is one of the CPA’s most popular programmes and brings together participants aged 18-29 representing the nine CPA Regions – Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; Canada; India; Pacific; South-East Asia.

The full list of CPA Branches being represented at the 10th Commonwealth Youth Parliament are: Australian Capital Territory (Australia); Bahamas; Barbados; British Columbia (Canada); Falkland Islands; Gauteng (South Africa); Gibraltar; Jersey; Kerala (India); Kiribati; Malawi; Mauritius; Montserrat; Namibia; New South Wales (Australia); New Zealand;  North – West Province (South Africa); Rajasthan (India); South Australia; Sri Lanka; Tonga; Turks and Caicos;  Uttar Pradesh (India); United Kingdom; Wales. Final list of participants subject to change


Updated 25th November 2019.

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